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South Africa | Cape to Kruger

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20 Days
Max People : 12

Organised by: Ride Down South

Tour Name: South Africa | Cape to Kruger
Tour ID:9542
Tour type: Guided
Duration: 20 days
Total Distance: 3900 km
Minimum Participants: 4 riders
Maximum Participants: 12 (6 riders)
Best Season: March – May | September – November

Overview of the tour:
Cape Town, spectacular gravel road passes at Seweweekspoort, Swartberg and Gamkaskloof, coastline at Plettenberg Bay and Robberg Nature Reserve, game viewing at Addo Elephant Park, Hogsback and Wild Coast, Nelson Mandela’s birthplace and Apartheid museum, St Lucia estuary, big 5 game viewing at Kruger National Park.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival to Cape Town

We’ll pick you up from the airport and take you to your accommodation. If the weather is good and the group has enough energy we’ll go for a short introductory ride to check out the city.

Day 2Explore Cape Town

Today we’ll check out the bikes and take them on a ride around the beautiful Cape peninsula, seeing both the Indian and Atlantic oceans and riding the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive

Day 3Cape Town - Tankwa Karoo

Distance: 340 km

We head north through the Cape winelands over three spectacular mountain passes before encountering the gravel roads and wide open spaces of the Karoo

Day 4Karoo - Seweweekspoort

Distance: 320 km

We head east along good gravel roads through the Karoo, over the famous Ouberg pass to Sutherland and then south to our overnight campsite in the Cape fold mountains

Day 5Swartberg pass and Gamkaskloof

Distance: 157 km

You are unlikely to forget today’s ride as we enjoy the Seweweekspoort pass through magnificently folded mountains and then the Swartberg pass. Depending on your appetite for challenging gravel we either head into the Gamkaskloof valley or carry on to the iconic town of Prince Albert.

Day 6Gamkaskloof - Knysna

Distance: 300 km

We head back out along the Swartberg pass stopping at the well known Lazy Lizard coffee shop in Prince Albert. We then head for the coast along Prince Alfred’s pass to Knysna.

Day 7Knysna - Addo

Distance: 320 km

Today we head east on good tar roads with optional gravel detours along the famous Garden route towards the small town of Addo.

Day 8Addo Elephant Park

A well deserved rest day as we park the bikes and head into Addo Elephant Park for a full or half-day game drive to see these magnificent creatures – and a wide range of other wildlife.

Day 9Addo - Hogsback

Distance: 240 km

We head inland today through Eastern Cape landscapes filled with aloes and mountains. We stop for lunch at historic Grahamstown before the final leg into Hogsback.

Day 10Hogsback - The Wild Coast

Distance: 400 km

Our route takes us back towards the coast at East London before we route through hill country to Mthatha and then along gravel roads to our home for the next two nights at Swell Eco Lodge on the Wild Coast.

Day 11 Wild Coast

A rest day today and a chance to explore this remote area with its pristine beach and lagoon. Chances are good that we’ll see Humpback whales breaching and maybe even dolphins in the surf.

Day 12Wild Coast - Oribi Gorge

Distance: 390 km

We begin today riding winding gravel roads through rural villages before we head south-east on our way up to St Lucia. Oribi Gorge provides a beautiful and quiet overnight stop.

Day 13Oribi - St Lucia

Distance: 385 km

We follow the south coast past Durban and a number of good surfing spots, and banana and sugar cane plantations on our way north-east towards St Lucia

Day 14St Lucia

A rest day today as we take in this unique estuary teeming with birdlife, hippos, crocs and other wildlife in this reserve. A late afternoon boat ride into the estuary to view hippos is well worth the time.

Day 15St Lucia - Swaziland

Distance: 376 km

We head inland through pine plantations before crossing the border into Swaziland. Winding tar roads take us through rural villages on our way to Malolotja National Park.

Day 16Malolotja - Hazyview

Distance: 200 km

After a brief tar road ride through two more Swaziland towns we turn onto a good gravel road that takes us through a mountainous pass with spectacular views of the Swazi hills, cross the border back into South Africa, then head through the historic mining town of Barberton on our way to Hazyview just outside Kruger National Park.

Day 17Kruger National Park

We switch the bikes today for a 4×4 and a local guide for a full-day game drive through one of the top game reserves in the world. The Kruger Park is host to the big 5 game animals and more – including Wild Dogs and Cheetah. A top game viewing experience.

Day 18Hazyview - Dullstroom

Distance: 250 km

Today we climb up the eastern escarpment and stop in at the famous Blyde River Canyon with its ancient pothole rock pools. We then ride the historic Boer War-era Long Tom Pass on our way to the sleepy town of Dullstroom.

Day 19Dullstroom - Magaliesberg

Distance: 340 km

An optional extra day takes us on good tar roads to our family farm in the Magaliesberg mountains just north of Johannesburg. We’ll rest well in an old stone farmhouse, cool off in a mountain stream and relive our adventures around an open fire and a traditional South African barbeque.

Day 20Magaliesberg - Johannesburg

Distance: 160 km

A gentle ride to with the option of a technical mountain pass or smooth tar roads into Johannesburg. In the afternoon we can visit the Apartheid museum with its excellent section on the life of Nelson Mandela.

Accommodation

Accommodation includes a mix of comfortable lodges (usually twin rooms) and campsites equipped with hot water and electricity. We’ll provide your camping gear – tent, pillow and pillowcase, and a comfortable self-inflating mattress. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Tariff
Africa Twin 750 742cc

Specifications

Displacement : 742 cc

Maximum Power: 62 hp

No. of Gears : 5

Honda Africa Twin 750

  • Tariff on request
Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Includes

  • Motorcycle rental (if you rent the bike from us)
  • Accommodation
  • Panniers, top box and tank bag
  • Daily breakfasts and some dinners
  • Professional English Speaking guide
  • Airport transfers
  • Support vehicle with spare bike and trailer
  • Camping equipment
  • Zanzibar Fast Ferry
  • Route map
  • Comprehensive Motorcycle Insurance
  • Emergency evacuation to local medical center
  • Excess luggage storage
  • All taxes

Price Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Visa
  • Fuel
  • Lunches, drinks and some dinners
  • Reserve and sightseeing entry fees
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions
Security Deposit for the motorcycle

A refundable Security deposit of Rs. 40,000 to be paid when the bike is handed over to you.

Payment Terms

To Confirm your spot, a deposit of 30% of the total amount needs to be made
The rest of the payment needs to be made at-least 30 days before the trip begins

Cancellation:
More than 30 days before tour start date: 50% of the deposit is refundable
Within 30 days of tour start date: No refund

How to get there

Please book your flight to arrive at Cape Town International Airport (CPTand we will pick you up from there. The tour ends in Johannesburg. Please book your return flight from O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

Other Important Information

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:
Vegetarian
Non- Vegetarian

Special Preferences
In case of special food preference, kindly communicate to us while making a reservation

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Recent Reviews
  • I decided at the last moment to join my son and cousin on an adventure motorcycle trip. My wife said ‘you’ll probably regret it if you don’t go’. She was right – I’m so glad I went. What a trip.
    South Africa totally exceeded my expectations. The beauty and varied geography of the country was fascinating. There were so many highlights, but perhaps the best was travelling the road into Gamkaskloof or the day we spent at Kruger National park, or perhaps the stay on the Wild Coast where the boys body-surfed with dolphins. I had heard that maybe South Africa wasn’t the safest travel destination, but my preconceived ideas were wrong. We never had any issues, everywhere we went the South African people were friendly, hospitable and interesting to talk to. It was an absolutely wonderful trip, and from Cape Town to our final destination in Johannesburg we felt we were treated just wonderfully by ‘Andrew and Drew’.
    Just an amazing lifetime adventure!
    This was a new route for our guide Andrew Vaughan (best guide ever) so every day was a new adventure for us and him. Andrew was absolutely great, from the knowledge of his country and history of each place we visited, giving us the little travel tips we needed, making sure he never lost us. And when we ran into some unexpected surprises, he just calmly solved it. I was very impressed. It was a great ride and very reasonably priced. Thanks so much to Andrew and Drew and everyone else that made our trip so memorable.

    Peter Seiler
    2017
  • A motorbike tour in Southern Africa wasn’t on my list of priorities, but when invited by a friend to join him on a Cape to Kalahari tour I decided to give it a go. It turned out to be a very memorable experience, which has left me with the burning desire to see more of Africa. So much so that I’ll be joining Andrew again in June 2018, on his Great Rift Valley northern tour. If you’re after comfort and luxury this isn’t for you, the days are long, the accommodation is a mix of camping and shared rooms, and the bikes aren’t the latest and greatest. However, if you want adventure, mateship and a real sense of achievement; just do it! The bikes are classics, strong, and well maintained. The food is sensational, whether it be at restaurants or by the campfire. Andrew is the perfect tour leader, cool, calm and very knowledgeable about the country and things in general. Thanks Andrew, Drew and the team, looking forward to doing it again in 2018.

    Holcomoj
    18th December 2018
  • A grand tour of beautiful landscapes, exotic animals, and great roads. Andrew took into account our group’s preferences when route planning and we had a great variety of accommodations, but uniformly great experiences. There’s an expression that Africa gets “under your skin and into your blood” and I can’t wait to go back for another two-wheeled adventure with Andrew and Ride Down South.

    Jonathan
    26th July 2017
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